When you hear the phrase “abstract art by a six-year old,” the first image that might come to mind is magic marker scrawlings on the couch. But Shorya Mahanot’s art is in a whole different league.
Sailing into the art world as one of its youngest abstract artists, Shorya had his first solo exhibition in his home country of India at Mumbai’s Taj Mahal Palace when he was only four years old. When asked about his paintings, he comments simply: “I have fun with colors. Everyone likes it.” With every painting, Shorya’s signature style as an abstract expressionist artist evolves.
Shorya Mahanot is a six year old boy with an incredible talent to create abstract expressionist art. Sailing into the art world as one of its youngest abstract artists, Shorya had his first solo exhibition in his home country of India at Mumbai’s Taj Mahal Palace when he was only four years old.
His enthusiastic explanation of his skillful creativity is simply stated: “I watched my sisters making their paintings and I wanted to do it too.” As a toddler, Shorya needed a little help and his sisters were eager to oblige, assisting with the paint containers and cutting the tape for his mixed media applications.
Today, between riding his scooter and playing with his toy cars, he can be found making his Jackson Pollock style works of art. No longer needing much assistance, his usual request upon returning from school is “I want to do some painting!” And in fact his supportive parents frequently have to beg him to take a break to join the family for dinner.
“I see a mouse!” “Look! There’s a temple!” “I’m putting clouds in this painting,” he says explaining his additive artwork process with conviction. With every painting, Shorya’s signature style as an abstract expressionist artist evolves. He seems to thrive on his continual exploration of color and composition. “I love being in color!” he shouts to his sisters. And he frequently means the canvas as well as himself, complete with splatters.
A very young and prolific artist that inspires us to push our boundaries of vision and thought, Shorya’s luscious use of color and expressiveness on the canvas asks us to look beyond the two dimensions to see something more.
Charming, adorable, curious, playful are all descriptions for a typical six year old boy. Add prodigy, confident, inspired, artist – and now you are describing Shorya Mahanot. As one of the world’s two youngest abstract artists, Shorya amazing talent came to the attention of the art world when he was only four years old with his first solo exhibition in his home country of India at Mumbai’s Taj Mahal Palace.
As a toddler, Shorya watched his older sisters paint and was intrigued. Refusing pens, pencils and the typical box of crayons that a child his age might enjoy, Shorya began painting. Today, he spends hours in his creative process with his parents frequently begging him to take a break.
With every painting, Shorya’s signature style as an abstract expressionist artist evolves. Shorya works in acrylics in a heavy impasto technique that has been compared to Jackson Pollock’s “drip painting” or “action painting.” Like Pollock, Shorya spreads his canvas on the floor and begins composing with masterful strokes in multiple layers and deliberate consideration of color composition and the symmetry between his brushstrokes, dripping and pouring. With the amazing skill of a conductor leading an orchestra, as well as the joyfulness of his youth, a magical world is revealed.
Shorya has been recognized and featured in the media, both in India and England, with full feature stories in The Guardian, Daily News Analysis – Mumbai, Hindustan Times – Mumbai, and Asian Age – Mumbai. Accomplished in India with solo exhibitions, gallery showings, and a list of collectors, Shorya’s launch into international opportunities began in 2013 with Artexpo New York, the world’s largest fine art trade show. From there, who knows where this artistic prodigy’s limitless possibilities will take him or what he will accomplish in the years ahead?
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